s a sort of everlasting group dessert treat. See, when the kids had scraped off the top -- whipped cream, plastic animals, etc. -- the drooly mess was jammed back into the walk-in freezer. Next time a party of birthday kids arrived, the rotten frozen mess was topped off with a few scoops of ice cream and whipped cream and plastic animals. Who would know?

Posted by: Ken Layne at October 9, 2002 01:43 AM

Well, I've a confession to make. I work for a very large service retail chain, and have had countless incounters with shoplifters over the years. I can't say that I've ever had a situation where I felt like quiting afterwards. I've had to wrestle down a few people, but it rarely goes that far. The last time it was a 6'5" white kid with greasy dreadlocks and a Bob Marley t-shirt. I'm 5'8", but I'm also 200 lbs. and a veteran, as well as a scrapper by nature. No contest. I have some sympathy for teens forced into that kind of situation, we don't force junior employees to do this kind of thing. I discourage it actually. It takes experience to know how to defuse a bad situation, before it goes too far. I congratulate you on moving up and out of the service secter, most of us aren't that lucky. My kids will not be stuck doing this kind of work, if I can help it though.

Posted by: Mark Edwards at October 9, 2002 06:47 AM

Dude!! We had a Farrell's in Cerritos, dawg!! It was my dream to go there for my birthday, and order a zoo!! So on my 12th, after years of refusing birthday parties, we got a bunch of guys together, went to Farrell's, and had ourselves a zoo!! Later, a car slammed into us, smashed my foot, and sent me & two other kids to the emergency room!!

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 9, 2002 09:09 AM

My first paying job was assistant Sunday School teacher for Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism. Fourth grade. It doesn't get tougher than that.

Posted by: Joanne Jacobs at October 9, 2002 02:16 PM
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